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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Levac Publishing House; 1 edition (November 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981085202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981085203
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,590,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephane Grenier is the nationally known founder and CEO of LandlordMax Software Inc., a longtime builder and promoter of numerous blogs (including his own, FollowSteph.com), a seminar speaker for Website Promotion and Traffic Generation , and the author of the critically acclaimed ebook, How to Generate Traffic to Your Website. His passion for helping businesspeople maximize the power of their blogs and web sites is the driving force behind Blog Blazers: compiling the proven best practices of the most successful bloggers in the world.

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Write stuff that people want to read and share." Seth Godin "Try to write something you'd like to read from a stranger.
Robert Morris
I was a bit surprised that the book has so many typos and grammatical errors when virtually all of the bloggers stressed good writing and attention to detail.
Kathy Parsons
What's fascinating is how many of them cited the same bloggers and similar ideas about what makes a blog work, and what "success" means in terms of blogging.
Rachel Kramer Bussel

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Blog Blazers" presents 40 of the top bloggers answering a series of 24 questions. Of these 33 are men and 7 are women, most of the topics are computer related or financial. As popular as they are, I had never heard of any of them before so I did some poking around the internet first, looking at 10 random blogs after reading this book. But this review is about this book, not the bloggers themselves.

Other reviewers have given this book more stars than me. Yes, everyone provides interesting information. Yes, everyone is honest it seems. But my two star reduction has to do with the organization and presentation of these interviews not with the those interviewed.

First, one of the 40 is the author of the book himself. If you want to promote yourself as a successful blogger, great, but it rubs me wrong to have an interview of self in a book. Instead I really wish Grenier had used himself more in the introduction or a conclusion as I'll discuss in a moment and added another "top 40 blogger" to the book.

Second, as it is organized, alphabetically by blogger's first name, it feels disorganized. I was hoping for something along the lines of "blogs about X" and "blogs about G" and then maybe a "odd and ends category". One of the reoccurring tips throughout the reviews is to write what you know about so why not organize by subject. Or by success however that will be measured -- money made, number of RSS subscribers, number of comments, whatever.

Third, there is a very small introduction and tiny conclusion. Why not pull together some of the most common tips and answers? Why not use the author's own life as a blogger to gauge the answers? What about a list of the references bloggers gave to their questions?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Having interviewed dozens of thought leaders in recent years, I feel well-qualified to praise Stephane Grenier on the quality of the interviews he conducted of 40 top bloggers who, to varying extent and in diverse ways, share their "secrets to creating a high-profile, high-traffic, and high-profit blog." After providing a mini-bio for each, Grenier poses excellent questions while not interfering with the flow of thought or homogenizing the responses to the same set of questions. (If you think that's easy, try interviewing only two or three rather than 40 different people.) The interviews are listed in a first-name alpha order (i.e. Aaron Wall of SEOBook is first and Yaro Starak of Entrepreneur's Journey is last) rather than in thematic order (formulating a business model and a game plan, aesthetics, infrastructure, getting started, attracting and increasing traffic, developing what Seth Godin calls a "tribe, " etc.). I subscribe to a few blogs (including those of Malcolm Gladwell, Guy Kawasaki, and Seth Godin), am actively involved in a few others, and have been thinking about launching one of my own. Therefore, I was especially interested in the information and advice provided in the interviews.

Predictably, the responses to the set of questions reflected the different interests, values, objectives, and concerns of the respondents. (Grenier is to be commended on respecting and preserving those differences.) However, there were several areas in which there was a substantial consensus of agreement.
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I liked this book a lot. It was informative on the subject. And I found it to be fairly well written. I say "fairly" because this book is little more than a compilation of 40 questionnaires completed by real life bloggers who arguably have been successful at blogging. The questionnaire included the following 24 questions:

1. What makes a blog successful according to you? Is it traffic, reach, revenue, etc.?
2. When did you decide you finally reached success with your blog?
3. How long does it take to become a successful blogger?
4. Who do you think are the most successful bloggers on the Internet today?
5. Which five blogs do you regularly read?
6. Which websites would you recommend for new bloggers starting a blog?
7. Which book(s) would you recommend for new bloggers (these can range from marketing books, blogging books, etc.)?
8. What is your most successful blog post ever?
9. What is your biggest tip on writing a successful blog post?
10. What is your best advice in regards to content and writing for bloggers?
11. How important do you think are the deadlines of your blog articles?
12. Do you spend any money and time on marketing?
13. What are your main methods of marketing your blog?
14. Which marketing tactic has surprised you the most in terms of its effectiveness?
15. What are your quick and short five best tips for blogging?
16. What is the common pitfall new bloggers generally fall into?
17. If you knew what you know now when you first started, what is the one biggest tip you'd give yourself today?
18. What repels you the most from a blog (animations, in your face advertising, etc.)?
19. Do you make any direct money from your blog through advertising, product placements, etc.?
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